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The Twelve Featured Beers of Christmas 

The Twelve Featured Beers of Christmas 

 

If during this season your true love is giving you twelve days of gifts like leaping lords, swimming swans, and laying geese, we might suggest that you reconsider your relationship. It just seems like a lot. 

 

We at Tacos & Beer have a much more manageable, much more fun, not to mention way more reasonable Twelve Days of Christmas in the works. How does a daily featured seasonal beer from December 13 all the way through Christmas Eve sound? 

 

We’ve got quite the line up of delicious brews to inspire all the warmth and coziness of Christmastime minus the squawking birds and maids-a-milking, whatever that means. 

 

December 13: Anchor Brewing Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (Our Special Ale) (2019)

Winter Ale

6.9% ABV

40 IBU

$6

Darker than Anchor Brewing’s Special Ale from last year, roasted caramel and coffee are big players in the flavor profile of this seasonal ode to the end of a decade. Pay extra close attention to the subtle taste of dark Mexican chocolate. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dish on our menu this doesn’t pair well with this beer.

 

December 14: Firestone Walker, Hèllûva Brûlée

Barleywine

14% ABV

24 IBU

$13

This unique barleywine is aged for two years in emptied rum barrels, imparting a rum flavor that only compliments its natural honey maltiness. If that wasn’t good enough, each sip echoes the super-yum dessert taste of creme brûlée which makes this the gift that keeps on giving. 

December 15: Saugatuck Brewing Company, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Chai

Pumpkin/Yam Beer

9.5% ABV

~ IBU

$9

This one is aged in bourbon barrels and promises prominent pumpkin and chai tea flavors, which is great news because whoever wanted pumpkin beer season to end anyway? Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Chai is sweet, delicate, and high enough in alcohol to make a certain dent in any and all holiday stresses. 

December 16: Founders Brewing Company CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Imperial Stout

11.3% ABV

45 IBU

$14 

This is for the lover of all things coffee and breakfast. Coffee notes, of course, but also look out for cinnamon, oatmeal, and dark chocolate. A welcomed pick-me-up at any time of day- no judgment if it’s before noon, we totally get it.

 

December 17: Omnipollo, Aon Pecan Mud Cake Stout

11% ABV

60 IBU

PRICE $9

Buddy the Elf would go nuts for Omnipollo’s Aon Pecan Mud Cake Stout. Notes of pecan, coffee, chocolate, and sweet coconut lend to a decadent treat of a beer. The brewer who created it mentioned this beer was born as a creative means to bring to life his childhood dream of becoming a pastry chef. 

 

December 18: Firestone Walker, Molé Merkin

Milk Stout

7.8% ABV

21 IBU

$13

You know we couldn’t NOT have a spicy Mexican-inspired beer on this list. Chile, cocoa, and cinnamon lend to all the best flavors of Molé, each sip feeling cozier than the last. Try this with our Enchiladas con Molé for a double whammy. 

 

December 19:  Mason Ale Works Nice, WC IPA w/Pine Needles

IPA

7% ABV

~ IBU

$6

Mason Ale Works invented a beer that actually tastes like your Christmas tree. This brew has dominant spruce and pine flavor but stays true to all things IPA at the same time. The only thing better than the smell of a fresh-cut pine tree is the taste of one.  

 

December 20: To Øl, Mr. Brown Imperial Stout

10% ABV

96 IBU

$8

Described as a “mouthful of goodies”, this one promises a lot of alcohol while also hitting on a diverse array of sweets. Vanilla, hazelnut, salted caramel, and coffee just to name a few. Try it yourself to see which of your favorite desserts you can pick out.

 

December 21: Off Color, Dino S’mores Russian Imperial Stout

10.5% ABV

40 IBU

$7

Named after literal dinosaur-shaped s’mores, this beer is dark, high in alcohol, and offers all the toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker flavor you would expect from a beer named, “Dino S’mores Russian Imperial Stout”… without the dino flavor, thank goodness. 

 

December 22: Mason Ale Works, Naughty Peppermint Porter

Milk Porter

7% ABV

~ IBU

$6

The darker of the Mason Ale Works duo (see December 19’s “Nice w/ Pine Needles”), Naughty Peppermint Porter is described as “liquid Christmas” for good reason. This bad boy is full of pepperminty freshness but balanced out by a hint of chocolate and an earthy undertone. We wouldn’t be surprised if this beer was intended to be sipped underneath a sprig of mistletoe. 

 

December 23: Samuel Smith’s, Winter Welcome Ale Winter Ale

6% ABV

~ IBU

$7

This ale pours honey-amber and offers an undertone of “Christmas spice”. Notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted malt make this the perfect companion to a wintery day (or night), especially on the eve of Christmas Eve.

 

December 24: Prairie Artisan Ales, Christmas Bomb Imperial Stout

13% ABV

65 IBU

$9

You might picture Santa sipping on this one beside the fire as he checks his list just one last time before heading out for the big event. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg are certain to warm you from the inside out, a touch of coffee is there too- just in case you need a boost to get you through a very, very long night of work. 

 

There you have it! Twelve days of featured, incredible, Christmassy beers just to make the season even more special than it already is. Join us at Tacos & Beer to try a beer a day or a few at a time, though we don’t recommend all twelve at once. 

 

From all of us at Tacos & Beer, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 

Must-Have Holiday Cocktails at Tacos & Beer

Must-Have Holiday Cocktails at Tacos & Beer

’Tis the season. And depending upon who you talk to, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe you put up your tree two months ago, maybe you cringe every time you hear a bell jingle in the distance. Love it or hate it, the holidays are upon us. And regardless of whether the month of December makes you yearn to celebrate each and every cozy moment or run through the holly-decked aisles of every store screaming, everyone can agree holiday cocktails are a major perk of the season. 

 

Luckily, Tacos & Beer gets it, and we’ve created some seriously festive and outrageously delicious cocktails. It doesn’t matter if you’re a holiday-lover or a Grinch this season, after your first sip of any of these fabulous drinks, your heart is likely to grow at least three sizes. 

 

Check these out:

Caramel Swizzle

Smirnoff Vodka

Cold Brew Concentrate

Salted Caramel Kahlua

Garnish: 3 Coffee Beans 

Pairs well with any dessert, particularly our flan. This coffee-forward stunner is sweet with a touch of salt and just might be the mandatory cap to any meal this month, especially after a long holiday shopping day.

Mexican Pick-Me Up

Xicaru Reposado Mezcal

Cold Brew Concentrate

Ancho Reyes

Simple Syrup

Garnish: Lemon Peel

Think coffee but with an even bigger kick. Ancho and poblano chiles are steeped in simple syrup to create the wonder that is Ancho Reyes. We mix that with good tequila and cold brew concentrate to create a slightly spicy, smoky, and unbelievable amped up cocktail. This one pairs perfectly with our dark-chocolatey Enchiladas de Mole. 

 

 

Bee’s On Parade

Monkey Shoulder Scotch

Amaro di Angostura

Honey Syrup

This lush cocktail is the elixir you wish your mother had given you when you were feeling under the weather. The aromatic cinnamon and licorice tones of the Angostura bitters swirled with sweet honey syrup is a legendary partner to a silky, malty scotch like Monkey Shoulder. No need to have the sniffles to enjoy this cocktail, it’ll make you feel better regardless of how you felt before you took your first sip. Pairs well with Pork al Pastor, Carnitas, Puerco Verde, or our slow-roasted Cochinita Pibil.

Second Breakfast

BSB (Brown Sugar Bourbon)

Antica Carpano Sweet Vermouth

Apple Bitters

Garnish: Pumpkin Spice Rim and Dried Apples

Cinnamon and brown sugar-flavored bourbon would be good enough on its own, but when mixed with vanilla-forward Antica Carpano and the caramelized apple taste of the bitters, you’ve got yourself the liquid version of a warm hug. Pair this cocktail with churros because why not?

Golden Girl

Xicaru Reposado

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Araceli Marigold Liqueur

Fall Syrup

Cardamom Bitters

Chocolate Bitters

Garnish:  Star of Anise and Orange Peel

Simply, the best flavors of the season in a glass. The Allspice Dram, Fall Syrup, plus Cardamom and Chocolate bitters bring all the seasonal notes you know and love and then some, but the rich, floral, and fragrant secret weapon here is Araceli Marigold Liqueur. Pairs well with our awesome Tortilla Soup or Flautas. 

DEELICIOUS

Monkey Shoulder Scotch

Horchata Syrup

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Nutmeg

Adequately named, this lovely seasonal drink has an irresistible Mexican flair. Horchata Syrup offers the cinnamon and vanilla that naturally pairs so well with Allspice Liqueur and Chocolate Bitters to marry brilliantly with smooth and malty Monkey Shoulder Scotch. Try Deelicious with our famous Choco-Tacos for an extra special treat.

 

Regardless of how you feel about it, the holidays will be over before you know it. That said, you’ve still got plenty of time to try each and every one of our holiday cocktails before we’re on to the next season. We’ll see you soon and Happy Holidays!

Are You Dying to Know More About Día de Los Muertos?

First things first, Día de Los Muertos is not the Mexican equivalent of Halloween. 

Sure, there are similarities, like costumes, parties, and the time of year, but Día de Los Muertos (or The Day of the Dead) simply doesn’t have the same scary gory creep-factor as our Halloween does. Unless, of course, you find skulls and skeletons and mingling with dead people eerie, then, well…. ok, it’s pretty creepy. Let’s dig up the differences, shall we?

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

While both festivities involve death, Día de Los Muertos also celebrates life. Traditionally, the three days (October 31- November 2) of the holiday are meant to pay homage to loved ones who have passed. It is believed that during that time, the barriers that separate the deceased and living dissolve and all are free to be together again. It is common for families to set up an Ofrenda in their homes, a table turned into an altar adorned with offerings of symbolic items that represent relatives and friends who have passed away. This is where everyone, dead or alive, gathers to enjoy food and drink that the deceased would have loved. Probably, definitely, tequila is involved. Talk about lifting your spirits!

Your Sexy Gnome Costume Ain’t Gonna Fly for Día de Los Muertos

During Día de Los Muertos, remember, the whole idea is to honor lost loved ones, so you can’t walk into someone’s intimate gathering wrapped in spiderwebs, oozing with fake blood while revving up a chainsaw. Not only would it be inappropriate, but it would also be very disrespectful. The only thing more taboo for the Mexican celebration might be the scantily clad costume, as you may be in the presence of someone’s late Abuela, and she certainly wouldn’t approve of your re-enactment of Jessica Rabbit, no matter how hot you look. 

Putting on a Grave Face

While Halloween is rampant with black and orange, Día de Los Muertos calls for many bright, cheerful colors representing different things depending on which deceased loved one is being honored. Yes, the iconic skeletal face painting is part of it, but again, it’s all full of meaning. The face painting is a personalized tribute to a specific person or people (sometimes a name will be written across a forehead in remembrance) and it also symbolizes openness to accept death as a part of life. The face artwork can be extravagant and bold and often accompanies a vibrant, cheery crown made of flowers. In other words, if you’re celebrating Die de Los Muertos right, you’ll be done to death. 

Bone Appetit

Whether you’re a regular observer, have always wanted to be, or are just mourning the end of Halloween, we’ve got the night for you. Join us on November 1st at Tacos & Beer to get into the spirit of Día de Los Muertos. We will be showcasing some awesome tamale specials, will be serving a scary delicious Pumpkin Mezcal Margarita, and, of course, will have our own Ofrenda set up. You only live once, you don’t want to miss this one. 

The Team We Never Knew We Needed

We had always been a melting pot of sports fans. 

 

Over two million Las Vegans with no prior major league sports team to call our own have had no choice but to be. And while we may have had ties to “our teams” all over the country for whatever the reason, no matter the sport, it always felt a bit lonely, didn’t it? We’d find ourselves rooting for a team that those around us either disliked or didn’t care about and, at the end of the day, it would leave us divided. We clearly needed a change but couldn’t have imagined the absolute force that was about to storm our city. Plain and simple, Las Vegas had never before experienced anything quite like the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Our Golden Knights in Shining Armor

It was such an unexpected match. An ice hockey team in the hottest of desert cities. But it worked. With their first game being less than a week after the biggest tragedy our home had ever seen in October 2017, the Knights’ first win was so much more than only a win. And just like that, the people living beside us turned from our neighbors to our family, and the NHL’s newest expansion transformed from just a team to OUR Vegas Golden Knights. Side by side, in disbelief, we watched our team go all the way to the championship, nearly taking the Stanley Cup in their very first season. To us, VGK will always represent unity, perseverance, and most importantly, #vegasstrong. 

 

This team is important to us. Supporting the Knights fortifies our city and its people, and we’re here for it. As the NHL kicks off its regular season, keep the local love strong by heading to Tacos & Beer before or after the game. T&B is a quick ten-minute drive to or from the T-Mobile Arena, and with our extensive drink menus, incredible food, and Happy Hours, you really have no reason to skip it. 

 

Even better, during every VGK game, Tacos & Beer will be offering The Hat Trick Special. Score big with a shot, a beer, and one of our delicious tacos for just $13.33! Talk about a power play.

 

EAT. DRINK. HOCKEY. REPEAT.

It’s time to gear up in your best black, red, and gold. The season is here. Whether they’re playing a home game, away game, or aren’t playing at all, come on in and lift a cup in support as we, together, root for our boys to take their own Cup this year. Happy NHL season and forever and always, GO KNIGHTS GO!